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Rivers PDP campaign spokesman denies destruction of Atiku’s posters, defends G5 governors 

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt 
29 November 2022   |   3:47 am
Director of Media and Communications, Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogbonna Nwuke, has said the hard stance by G5 Governors is driven by the desire to ensure equity and prevent exclusion of Southern interest in the country.

[FILES] PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar

Director of Media and Communications, Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogbonna Nwuke, has said the hard stance by G5 Governors is driven by the desire to ensure equity and prevent exclusion of Southern interest in the country.

Nwuke, a former Member of the House of Representatives, said there should be deliberate effort to accommodate southern interest because, according to him, the region has suffered immense marginalisation.

“The fear of the G5 Governors is the exclusion of Southern interest. We have a country that has been groomed on the basis of national character, meaning that in every appointment, you must balance issues.

“We have had situations, where our compatriots in the north had lower cut-off marks for admissions into university than the southerners, this is part of the fears,” Nwuke said. 

He recalled that in 2018, during the PDP convention, it was agreed it was the turn of northerners to produce the PDP President and that nobody from the South contested that position. He described what is happening in the party as alien to members. 

Speaking, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, he also denied that the state destroyed publicity materials for PDP’S Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as alleged by his campaign spokesman in the state, Dr. Leloonu Nwibubasa.

And on the issue of Rivers government using Orders 21 and 22 to frustrate other  political parties in the state,  Nwuke  said: “The PDP in Rivers has what it takes to win elections in the  state; we will not create any agenda that  will create chaos.” 

Order 21 prohibits political parties from organising events in public schools unless they apply and get the government’s approval with a deposit of N5 million in case of damages; while Order 22 bans the use of premises, buildings and sundry structures in residential areas as campaign offices by political parties without government approval.

Political parties in the state, including Accord, have, however, vowed to challenge the orders in court. 

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